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The Religious Sphere

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Demetrius basic stance on key issues of the fourteenth century is well known: he was avowedly both anti-Palamite and pro-Latin. This chapter attempts to describe how Demetrius seems to have understood the relationship between key theological issues, as the underlay to his stance on specific issues. It might be expected that discussion of Demetrius understanding of the nature of authority should start with discussion of papal authority, given the importance of this question in relations between Constantinople and Rome. The writings used in the book are not abstract theological treatises: they deal directly with contemporary issues. The discussion of Demetrius' attitude to the filioque and the Palamite doctrine of the energies looks further at how he regards specific questions of heresy in the Greek world. In summary, Demetrius way of dealing with the filioque is directly stated and controversial, but at the same time not over-confrontational.

Keywords: Demetrius; Palamite doctrine; papal authority; religious sphere



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